The start of a new school year can be daunting, especially if it’s your first year in college. There are an abundance of clubs and activities that you can join, which can make it difficult to figure out where you want to go, what you want to do and who you want to surround yourself with.
Here are some ways to find a sense of direction on Bradley’s campus and beyond.
Take different classes
Whether you’ve already declared a major or are in the Academic Exploration Program (AEP), take advantage of the vast array of courses offered at Bradley. You might find an interest in something you’ve never considered and meet friends you wouldn’t have otherwise.
If you have room in your schedule, take electives that interest you. It’s the best way to find an undiscovered passion and can help you choose the ideal path for your career.
Go to department-sponsored events
If you are set in your major but are unsure of the type of career you want to pursue, department-sponsored events can point you in the right direction.
At these events you can meet professors and discover major and minor-centered clubs. They can also be a great place to network with other students in your field of interest.
Attend job and internship fairs
A great way to find out more about a potential career is to attend the job and internship fairs each year. At these fairs you can find on and off-campus opportunities that broaden your horizons, teach you how to conduct yourself in a professional setting and get hands-on experience in your field of interest.
The Fall Job and Internship Fair is Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Renaissance Coliseum and the Majors and Minors Fair is on Oct. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the same location.
There are endless benefits to volunteering. Helping others is fulfilling, stress-relieving and fosters a sense of community.
Bradley Serve, a volunteer organization on campus, hosts Service on Saturday events once a month and provides transportation for students to volunteer at different locations in Peoria. Additionally, you can develop leadership skills and a sense of civic responsibility.
Regardless of how long you have left on the Hilltop, it’s never too late to put yourself out there, attend events and meet people who can guide you down a path to success.